Connect with us


Hainan delegation tours Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET CITY: Representatives from the Chinese province of Hainan paid a visit to Phuket as part of a three-day study tour examining tourism management and development strategies.

The Hainanese delegation held talks with Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop, Vice Governor Smith Palawatwichai and other officials at Provincial Hall yesterday afternoon.

It was the final day of their three-day stay in Phuket, which included tours of the Laguna Phuket resort complex and the Phuket FantaSea cultural theme park.

Hainan, the smallest Chinese province, comprises some two hundred islands. The vast majority of residents stay on the main island of Hainan Dao.

The delegation included Hainan Vice Governor Jiang Sixian, Hainan Tourism Development Commission Division Director Zhou Ping and Foreign Affairs Office Director Gen Wu Shicun.

Yesterday’s meeting began with a Chinese-language video presentation extolling the tourism opportunities and cultural background of Phuket and surrounding provinces.

Before beginning talks, Mr Jiang officially congratulated Gov Wichai on his being appointed as governor of Phuket.

Mr Jiang then invited a delegation to visit Hainan on March 20 to 22 next year, when the island will host a tourism promotion event.

Official visits between leaders of the two islands date back to 2002, when then-Hainan Governor Wang Xiaofeng led a delegation to meet then Phuket Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi, who is now Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior.

Hainan has a rapidly expanding tourism industry, with the vast majority of visitors being mainland Chinese.

“The numbers are increasing annually. We already have two airports, but it is not enough to meet demand so we are planning to build another,” Mr Jiang said.

Noting that Hainan has 70 times the land area and 25 times the [official] population of Phuket, Mr Jiang said he wanted Phuket business people to be aware of the investment opportunities Hainan has to offer.

Gov Wichai said he would be happy to attend next year’s event – if he is somehow still assigned to Phuket.

That seems unlikely, as he must take mandatory retirement from the civil service when he reaches his 60th birthday in mid-March, 2010.

Gov Wichai told reporters the Hainanese delegation ‘learned a lot from us’.

The possibility of sending a delegation to attend the March event would be discussed with the TAT and Phuket Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to being island resort destinations, Phuket also has cultural ties with Hainan.

A considerable portion of Phuket’s ethnic Chinese can trace their roots back to the island, which is pronounced ‘Hailum’ in Thailand.

The Hainanese Shrine in Phuket City is one of the few Chinese shrines on the island that does not take part in the annual Vegetarian Festival.

Phuket Hainan Association President Chaovapong Mekarakul, also publisher of Siangtai Daily newspaper, told the Gazette Phuket and Hainan were officially linked as sister cities several years ago when then Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura signed a memorandum of understanding with his Hainanese counterpart at the time.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan & Stephen Fein


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Phuket3 mins ago

Covid-19 prison death yesterday the second this week in Phuket

Thailand25 mins ago

Unemployed Bangkok chef arrested after allegedly trying to sell rare butterflies to undercover agents

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Phuket Covid-19: 1 Phuket Prison death, 1 Sandbox infection

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Central Thailand2 hours ago

Bovine attack kills forest ranger in Khao Yai National Park

Thailand3 hours ago

Korat Police allegedly use police van for trip to beach

Thailand4 hours ago

Kalasin man allegedly robs convenience store and then a gold shop the next day before being arrested

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Sunday Covid Update: 117 deaths and 13,576 new cases

Tourism20 hours ago

Local businesses say they aren’t profiting from Phuket Sandbox

Crime21 hours ago

Woman shot by stray gunfire during motorcycle shooting

Phuket22 hours ago

Phuket pair arrested in possession of meth pills, homemade gun

Coronavirus (Covid-19)23 hours ago

Prayut to propose to CCSA to reopen theatres, allow filmmaking

Coronavirus (Covid-19)23 hours ago

Saturday Covid-19 UPDATE: Select provincial totals

Transport23 hours ago

Woman dresses as astronaut to show moon-like road condition

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

CCSA announces vaccination goals for October; 50% inoculated

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Phuket Covid-19: 235 daily infections, 238 hospital beds available

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand5 days ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11